Thursday, October 23, 2014

Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp Gluten Free Cereal

Until recently, I had never really understood the appeal of cereal.  My dad eats it 5 days a week when he is working, and so does my husband.  Except when I was pregnant with my twins and craving Honey Nut Cheerios in my first trimester (pre-celiac), I have never liked any brand of cereal for more than a day or two, until I discovered Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp Gluten Free Cereal.  I actually bought it to make Gluten Free on a Shoestring pumpkin breakfast cookies.  The recipe called for Erewhon Quinoa & Chia cereal, but when I couldn't find that, I substituted Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp cereal as the recipe suggested.  


Don't let the buckwheat scare you away from this cereal, because buckwheat does not contain wheat.  In addition to organic whole buckwheat grouts, my one and only favorite cereal also contains organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, organic hemp seeds, organic maple syrup, and sea salt.  One cup has 220 calories, 5 grams of dietary fiber, and 6 grams of protein.  


With some banana slices and milk, you have cereal perfection!  My dad was shocked when I told him that I was eating this cereal, because he knows I don't like cereal.  I then got one of my dad's famous lectures on how healthy cereal is, and how healthy he eats compared to to the rest of our family.  He's a funny man, my dad.  He was then doubly shocked when I told him that I ate it with milk, because I don't drink milk. After patiently listening to lecture number two about the importance of drinking milk, and that our bodies need calcium, I reminded him that I eat yogurt and cheese almost every day.  Oops, I forgot to tell him about the ice cream.  :-)


I love that Erewhon SuperGrains Buckwheat & Hemp cereal is crispy, and doesn't quickly get soggy in milk, like so many other cereals.  I also like that it is not overly sweet, but has just the slightest hint of sweetness from the organic maple and brown rice syrups.  I am not sure why I thought to add some banana slices the first time I tried Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp cereal, but the combination is really amazing!  


I purchase Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp cereal from my local Whole Foods or from Vitacost.com.  It is non-GMO, organic, and certified gluten free.

What is your favorite gluten free cereal?  


Monday, October 20, 2014

Food Allergy & Celiac Convention

I am so excited for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention that is being held at Walt Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort on Saturday, November 22nd.  This event is for people with food allergies and celiac disease, and features a vendor expo, speakers, demonstrations & workshops, and allergen-free catered meal experiences.



General admission tickets to the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention are available for purchase online for just $10 for adults ($15 at the door), and $5 for kids ages 3 to 9.  General admission ticket prices include entrance to the expo, speakers, workshops & culinary demonstrations.  

Separate tickets for the following meals and special experiences can be purchased here:
  • Brer's Breakfast Buffet - breakfast pastries, fruit carving station, Mickey waffles and pancakes with all the fixings, gluten-free oatmeal station, and the Three Caballeros' Fajita Station (all completely free of the top 8 allergens and gluten).  I already bought my ticket for this buffet, which is 9:00-10:00am on the day of the convention.  The menu looks amazing!  
  • Be Our (Dinner) Guest - after the expo, enjoy a magical meal, free of gluten and the top 8 allergens.  6:00 to 7:00pm on November 22nd.  
  • Supercalifragilistic Sundae Bar - features non-dairy ice creams and loads of allergy-free and gluten-free toppings.  3:00-4:00 on November 22nd.  
  • A Spoonful of (Allergy-Free!) Sugar (pre-event experience) - cookbook author Laurie Sadowski will discuss baking your way through the holidays, and how you can modify and adapt recipes.  3:00 to 5:00pm on Friday, November 21st.
  • Sunday Funday at Splitsville (post-event experience) - bowl (shoes included), play billiards, then stay for a special lunch (optional).  10:00 to noon on Sunday, November 23rd.  



The keynote speaker for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention is Gary Jones, the Culinary Dietary Specialist for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.  Other speakers include Matt Maslowski (Disney chef - Contemporary Resort), Elizabeth Barbone (Gluten-Free Baking), Anne Roland Lee (Schar), Kate Hufnagel (The Diary of Ana Phylaxis), Joel Warady (Enjoy Life Foods), Amy Wicker (AllergySafeTravel), Dr. Kendra Baker (4A specialist), Caitlin Brady (chef), Amy Brown (WellAmy.com), and Sue Weber (The Artisan Tavolo).  You can view the speaker & demo schedule here.  

The Vendor Expo runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  If you're not sure what a vendor expo is, check out my blog post about my experience at the Gluten-Free Living Conference.  I got to sample so many amazing gluten free products!  You can view the vendor list for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention here.  


If you are traveling to Disney World from out of town, Destinations in Florida has special group discounts for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention at a variety of Walt Disney World Resorts.


I hope to see you at Walt Disney World on November 22nd for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention!












Friday, October 17, 2014

Riverside Mill Food Court - Port Orleans Riverside

Yesterday, my daughters and I had lunch at Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside.  This was our first time dining at this quick service location, which is right next door to Boatwright's Dining Hall, one of my favorite table service restaurants at Disney World.


There are six different food stations at Riverside Mill Food Court, which has a New Orleans theme, with a huge mill wheel that powers a working cotton press as its centerpiece.   


My daughters, who don't have to eat gluten free, headed right for the pasta station, where they created their own pasta bowl with fettuccine, alfredo sauce, and chicken.  The portion was so generous, even my pasta addicts couldn't finish it.  When I asked them if they liked it, they told me it was delicious, though not as good as my creamy garlic chicken penne.  Lol...I love their loyalty!   


Chef Tony and I discussed gluten free sandwich options, which include the roast beef melt, carved cajun turkey club, shrimp or tuna salad, the Angus bacon cheeseburger, the Angus bacon pimento cheeseburger, and the Mahi sandwich.  The beef and turkey are roasted in-house, so I was excited to try one of them.  


Today, I chose the carved cajun turkey club, minus the cajun mayo, which my friend Sarah from Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW loved.  My sandwich of roasted turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, and lettuce on Udi's bread was great without the mayo.  The thick slices or turkey were so moist and delicious.  


As a side, I chose French fries, which were good, but after reading Sarah's review again, I wish I had ordered the coleslaw, which is not mayonnaise based.  In my hometown of Pittsburgh, one of my favorite restaurants was Primanti Brothers, where they piled fresh cut french fries and mayo-less coleslaw on all of their sandwiches.  They were amazing!  I think a little coleslaw would have been great on my turkey sandwich.  


Riverside Mill Food Court is huge, with plenty of seating.  My girls wanted to sit near the mill wheel, where we had a beautiful view of the resort.  


Overall, we were very happy with our lunches, and I look forward to trying the roast beef melt for lunch, or the gluten free Mickey waffles made with Cup4Cup for breakfast, the next time we stop in.

You can view the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus for Riverside Mill Food Court on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Riverside Mill?








Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Wave Breakfast - Disney's Contemporary Resort

This morning, my daughters and I had breakfast at The Wave...of American Flavors at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  We had a pretty amazing lunch at The Wave this summer, so we were excited to check out their breakfast offerings.  


The Wave's menus feature healthful dishes that often contain locally sourced or organic ingredients.  


Chef Laura told us gluten free options included pancakes, waffles, all the breakfast meats, and egg dishes, minus the biscuits.  


I was most excited to try the spinach, tomato, and feta cheese scrambled eggs served with breakfast potatoes, because this was my favorite breakfast dish at Kouzzina, which is now closed.  I asked for Udi's toast as a substitute for the biscuit, because I love to pile my eggs right on top of buttered toast.  My daughters and I loved the eggs, and I was really impressed by the breakfast potatoes too, which were super flavorful.  


We also ordered gluten free Mickey waffles with bacon.  The waffles were definitely made with Bob's Red Mill, which is not my favorite pancake & waffle mix on Disney property, but they were good.  I was a little disappointed that the bacon was the super thin bacon served at so many Disney restaurants. I prefer a thicker bacon with a little more substance.  


My daughters and I also shared a side of Tillamook cheddar cheese grits with Nueske's Smoked Bacon.  They were deliciously creamy, with the perfect amount of cheese and bacon.   


My girls said that The Wave reminded them of dining on the Disney Dream.  The restaurant definitely does have that feel of a cruise ship lounge with its decor and lack of natural light.  


I loved all the fall decorations, and look forward to seeing how they decorate for Christmas when we have dinner at The Wave in December.  


You can make advance dining reservations for The Wave, and view their menus here.

Have you dined at The Wave...of American Flavors for breakfast, lunch, or dinner?  What are your favorite gluten free dishes at The Wave?